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Republic of Korea president to speak at Hoover June 29

STANFORD -- Roh Tae Woo, president of the Republic of Korea, will deliver a major address at the Hoover Institution at approximately 1:40 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Hoover Institution Director John Raisian has announced.

Roh's visit to the institution precedes his state visits to the United States and Canada. He is scheduled to engage in summit talks with President George Bush on July 1-3 and with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on July 3-5.

"The Hoover Institution is pleased to host President Roh's visit to the West Coast," Raisian said. "The Republic of Korea, with its dynamic economy, occupies a position of great importance, and President Roh has played a significant role in the Pacific region and in world affairs generally. My colleagues and I look forward to meeting with him and are honored that he has chosen the Hoover Institution as the site for a major policy address."

Roh's presentation follows an invitation-only luncheon for 130 guests at the institution. During his visit, he will meet with Hoover Distinguished Fellow and former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, who will host the luncheon with Raisian.

It will be President Roh's second visit to the San Francisco Bay area. He was in San Francisco in June 1990 for a summit meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The meeting led to the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In the official announcement by the Korean presidential spokesman, it was noted that "President Roh Tae Woo and President George Bush will hold a summit meeting in Washington to exchange views on the changing international situation and the emerging new world order following the collapse of the cold war and the aftermath of the gulf war. The two presidents will also discuss wide-ranging issues of mutual concern, including ways to further strengthen friendship and cooperation between the two traditional allies and to enhance peace and security in the Korean peninsula as well as Northeast Asia."

The Hoover Institution, founded at Stanford University in 1919 by President Herbert Hoover, is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship and advanced research in the social sciences and public policy on domestic and international affairs. The Institution houses one of the world's largest private archives and libraries on political, economic, and social change in the 20th century.

The East Asian Library at the Institution is a center for advanced research on the nations of the Pacific region.



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